From Left to Right – Paul Yun and Holly Kim, Hanul Family Alliance, Ingrid Weimer and Pat Davenport, A Safe Place, David Mangus and Mary Charuhas, YouthBuild Lake County, Carol Hincker and Margie Taylor, Zion Elementary District 6, Peggy Talbot, Beacon Place (behind Stew), Gale Graves, Waukegan Public Library (in front of Stew), A. Stewart Kerr Foundation Board Chairman, Teddy Anderson, Waukegan Park District Maggie Morales Manager of Community Engagement for The Lake County Community Foundation, Fran Brendan, Zion Benton Childrens Service, Maureen Murphy, Catholic Charities, Theresa Mendoza, Zion Benton Childrens Service, Terry Duffy Waukegan Park District, Barb Karacic, Beacon Place, Megan McKenna de Mejía, Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, Brenda O’Connell, Lake County Community Development.


The Foundation allocated its competitive grant making resources to support nonprofit organizations that are responding to current needs, have a track record of achieving objectives and have strong partnerships in place for projects that will advance the Foundation’s impact goals for its priorities. In 2012, the Foundation designated funds for projects that fall outside the traditional grant cycle but align with the organization’s grant guidelines and strategic priorities. This has allowed for more proactive and unique project funding.

The next grant making cycle will begin anew in the winter of 2014, please visit http://www.lakecountycf.org/apply/home for information about our funding priorities.





The Lake County Community Foundation, honoring a nearly century old tradition of community philanthropy, awards grants to nonprofit organizations that are addressing the most pressing needs of residents in the county. As the community’s philanthropic leader and steward of its donors’ resources, the Foundation believes that large scale social change requires broad, cross-sector coordination versus isolated intervention.


On June 26, 2014,The Lake County Community Foundation, an affiliate of The Chicago Community Trust, announced $153,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations serving the urgent needs of the most vulnerable individuals and families in the county. Photos below feature representatives from each organization with Lake County Community Foundation Board Chair A. Stewart Kerr and Maggie Morales, Manager of Community Engagement


A Safe Place ($25,000 category: Efficient Governance – Pursue Coordinated Investments)

Ingrid Weimer and Pat Davenport


A Safe Place was established in 1978 as Lake County Crisis Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Domestic Violence. Its mission is to be the leading advocate for eliminating domestic violence in northern Illinois. This planning grant will support the creation of a network of agencies and stakeholders to address the complex issues of abuse in a holistic, collaborative and strategic manner. Funds will support the assessment, planning and implementation of this network.


Beacon Place ($5,000 category:  Human Capital – Capacity Building)

Barb Karacic and Peggy Talbot


Beacon Place was established in 2012 with the mission to bridge education and community needs. This work is carried out through an integrated approach to delivering support through a neighborhood based community center that focuses on three primary goals: nutrition, self-reliance and education. Technological literacy is woven into all of the programs and services offered. This grant will support board development efforts for the organization.


Hanul Family Alliance ($5,000 category: Human Capital – Capacity Building)  

Paul Yun and Holly Kim


Founded in 1987, the mission of Hanul Family Alliance is to provide comprehensive community-based services to meet the needs of Korean-American seniors and families to enhance their quality of life. While Hanul Family Alliance’s main office remains in Chicago, the organization recognizes the significant growth of the Korean American population in the suburbs and has expanded with satellite locations inMount Prospect and most recently Mundelein. This capacity building grant will support the organization’s efforts to solidify a permanent presence in Lake County.


The Alliance for Human Services  ($75,000 category:  Human Capital – Sustain the Health and Human Services System)

Brenda O’Connell, Maureen Murphy and Megan McKenna de Mejía


In 2010, the Foundation began incubating The Alliance for Human Services. In 2012, the organization hired its first Executive Director, John Shustitzky. Since then, the Alliance has completed and approved its articles of incorporation and by-laws and anticipates receiving 501(c)3 status in 2015. This grant will support further organizational infrastructure development. Alliance members include: A Safe Place, Antioch Area Health Access Alliance, Arden Shore Child & Family Services, Beacon Place, Boys and Girls Club of Lake County, Catholic Charities, ElderCARE at Christ Church, Erie Family Health Center, Family Service Prevention, Education & Counseling, HACES, HealthReach, Inc., I-Plus, Lake County Center for Independent Living, Lake County Community Development, Lake County Health Department, Love INC of Lake County, Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, Mothers Trust Foundation, Nicasa, NFP, PADS Lake County, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Traveling Total Treatment, UMMA Centers, Waukegan Public Library, Youth and Family Counseling, YouthBuild Lake County, Youth Conservation Corps, YWCA of Lake County and Zion Township.


Waukegan Park District ($2,000 category:  Human Capital –Sustain the Health and Human Services System)

Terry Duffy and Teddy Anderson


Established in 1916, the Waukegan Park District is committed to providing parks, facilities and leisure opportunities to our culturally diverse population through the resources of community involvement, dedicated staff and sound management. Staff and volunteers strive to create an innovative park district that creatively adapts to Waukegan’s evolving community and provides exceptional parks, recreation and cultural arts that benefit all. This grant will support phase 2 of the District’s ongoing community engagement initiative.


Waukegan Public Library ($20,000 category: Human Capital – Improve Education and Workforce Training)

Gale Graves


The mission of Waukegan Public Library is to provide the path to support and empower learning and discovery. For over 25 years, the Library has been committed to providing trained volunteer tutors for adult learners and delivering family literacy programming in partnership with Literacy Volunteers of Lake County. The five components of the family literacy program are adult education, early childhood education, library services, parenting and Parents and Children Together (PACT) programming for the families. The program is delivered at four sites: North Chicago Public Library, Round Lake Area Library, Zion Benton Public Library and the Waukegan Public Library and includes six classes: three English as a Second Language, two Adult Basic Education and one GED. This grant provided the support necessary to carry out the program through the 2014 academic year.


UChicago Impact ($10,500 category: Human Capital – Improve Education and Workforce Training)


Launched in response to the need for better tools to establish excellent schooling in urban America, UChicago Impact partners with schools to train internal leadership on how to implement UChicago Impact tools and interpret results to create actionable improvement plans. This grant supports UChicago Impact’s continued intensive support with North Chicago Community Unit School District 187. Through guided action planning, careful observation and targeted reinforcement, schools will be challenged to meet the expectation of at least two points of growth on their 5Essentials goal for the year.


Ounce of Prevention Fund ($10,000 category: Human Capital – Improve Education and Workforce Training)


Since 1982, the Ounce of Prevention Fund has persistently pursued a single goal: that all American children — particularly those born into poverty — have quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first five years of life. This grant will support the development of a North Chicago Community Early Learning Plan for North Chicago Community Unit School District 187.


YouthBuild Lake County ($15,000 category:  Human Capital – Improve Education and Workforce Training)

David Mangus and Mary Charuhas


YouthBuild Lake County (YBLC) is a community-based agency whose mission is to provide education and career training to at-risk young people, ages 17-24 who are striving to make a change in their lives. Funding will support a consultant to manage the establishment of a formal collaboration between YBLC and North Chicago Community High School. The goal of the program is to serve students who are at risk of dropping out or not graduating while offering a dual enrollment opportunity for completing their education. Students can earn their NCCHS diploma while attending YBLC to receive their education and enter a career training pathway with the intent of college enrollment in a certification program or direct placement into a job.


Zion Benton Children's Service ($5,000 category:  Human Capital – Capacity Building)

Fran Brendan


Founded in 1951, the mission of Zion Benton Children’s Service (ZBCS) is to distribute relief and improve the health of the underprivileged children residing in the Zion Benton community. Today, ZBCS provides free and low cost dental services to children from Zion, Beach Park and Winthrop Harbor. This capacity building grant will support the organization’s board development process.


Zion Benton Elementary District 6 ($21,000 category:  Human Capital – Improve Education and Workforce Training)

Carol Hincker and Margie Taylor


Zion Elementary School District 6 (ZESD) was founded in 1906 with a strong vision of student excellence. The District is comprised of seven facilities: a pre-K/early childhood program, five elementary schools (grades Kindergarten through 6th) and one middle school. This grant will support the establishment of a full service community schools infrastructure throughout the District. Full Service Community Schools are a nationally recognized strategy for overcoming the barriers of poverty by improving the conditions for learning. These conditions include ensuring that basic physical, social, emotional and economic needs of young people and their families are met; having mutual respect and engagement between parents, community and school and motivated and engaged learners during and after school hours. This is achieved through partnerships with community agencies.